Return to Learn

Preventative Measures

Masks/cloth face coverings

Following CDC and DHEC guidance and the City of Rock Hill’s mandate, Winthrop is requiring all staff, faculty and students to wear masks or cloth facial coverings in social settings, such as in university buildings, including classrooms, residence halls and dining facilities, and in outdoor spaces on campus where appropriate social distancing cannot be guaranteed. Facial coverings are not required when alone in private offices, when alone in on-campus residence hall rooms and when not in close contact with another person, such as walking alone outside.

Expectations to follow public health guidance

Prior to returning to work on campus, employees are required to review expectations of employees to follow public health guidance while on Winthrop’s campus, to review the expectations of employees to self-monitor and respond to symptoms or exposure, to review the required training and resources, and to complete the online acknowledgement for returning to work on campus.  See the Faculty and Staff Return to Work Notification, Training, and Resources section of the HR website.

Social distancing and self-care

Winthrop follows the CDC protocol for social distancing and self-care which recommends you:

  • Stay at least 6 feet from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going into the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.  Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cleaning and sanitizing

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Residence hall modifications

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Dining modifications

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In-person events guidelines

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Student Conduct Code modifications

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